[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Seday-e Mardom

[Date:] 30 Khordad 1335 [20 June 1956]

[Issue No.:] 1680

 

-A Religious Trial In Judiciary

-Hundreds of people come to watch this trial every day

-Forty-three people are accused of killing seven people

Following the previous hearings, Branch 1 of the Tehran Supreme Criminal Court presided over by Mr. Nematollahi, is to review the case of [what had taken place] eleven months earlier in Yazd.

To remind the readers, I would mention that eleven months ago, on 5 Mordad 1334 [28 July 1955], owing to the religious conflict that existed between the residents of the two villages of Hormozak and Khosrow [Sakhvid], a harsh dispute arose between them, under the pretext of a small issue, in which a girl from Hormozak Village who had gone to Khosrow [Sakhvid] Village was confronted with fighting and insults while she was in their public bathhouse, and was told that their bath would become impure [because of her presence].

Of course, this was a minor and very trivial excuse; in fact, the main issue of the dispute was the religious differences and the continuous confrontation of the two sects [religions], which had a previous history.

Six men and a woman were killed in a bloody clash that day, and countless others were injured.

Following this incident, 43 men and women were arrested, and the case was referred to Branch 1 of the Criminal Court after the preliminary investigations. A few days ago, the head of the court completed the investigations, and yesterday, Mr. Ghaem-Maghami, who represented the heirs of the victims, started reading his statements, which was very detailed. The lawyer’s remarks were so long that the court was forced once to give a recess and postpone the rest of the hearing to the following day.

In the courtroom, large crowds of spectators gather every day, and because this trial is one of the most notorious and important trials of justice, it has been given great importance. A number of businessmen, guild owners and clergymen, gather in the upper courtroom every day to witness this religious trial.

Following the hearing of the day before yesterday, a court was also convened yesterday to hear the case. First, Mr. Amin spoke on behalf of the heirs of the victims for almost two hours and provided the necessary evidence.

Then Mr. Neghabat spoke on behalf of the victims’ heirs [survivors] and began his detailed statement.

Mr. Neghabat defended his clients by mentioning Articles 70, 71 and 72 of the Penal Code and describing the punishment of those who kill or injure others.